Meet Dorothy's Owners

Alex Lopez

Alex Lopez is a queer nonbinary individual who was born in Brownsville, Texas, and raised in Tamaulipas, Mexico. They have a deep passion for baking and honed their skills as a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu. Alex's expertise in the culinary arts is evident in the delectable creations they bring to their co-owned queer Mexican café. 

In addition to their culinary talents, Alex is also known for their vibrant personality and involvement in the drag community as Alexandria Van Cartier. They host engaging events like drag trivia and drag Loteria, which showcase their love for performance art and create an atmosphere of fun and entertainment.

 Whether you're looking for a casual coffee chat or an exciting game session, Alex is always ready to engage with customers at their café. Their commitment to creating a safe and inclusive space for all individuals, particularly within the queer community, has earned them a loyal following. Alex's unique blend of culinary expertise, drag artistry, and warm hospitality make them a cherished figure in their community.

Val Galvan

Val Galvan, the co-owner of Dorothy's ATX, was born in Pharr, Texas, and raised in Hidalgo, Texas. With a passion for creating welcoming and inclusive spaces, Val takes immense pride in offering a haven where everyone can feel comfortable and be their authentic selves.

From an early age, Val recognized the importance of fostering an environment where diversity and individuality are celebrated. This understanding, coupled with a love for their community, led them to embark on a journey to establish Dorothy's ATX—an establishment that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of a typical venue.

Val's vision for Dorothy's ATX is to create a space that transcends societal norms, embracing people from all walks of life yearning for a place to unwind and connect with others. Their commitment to promoting diversity and providing a safe space for self-expression has garnered a loyal following within the community. Through thoughtful curation of events, Val and their team ensure that Dorothy's ATX remains an oasis where people can freely express themselves without fear of judgment or prejudice.